What Do You Know About Taiwan?
What do you know about Taiwan?
What comes to your mind when you hear this word?
My answer would be “The audio and video electronics of my early childhood”. Yet now I have something else to associate with Taiwan.
The thing is I recently had a chance to interpret for a delegation of high-ranking Taiwanese diplomats, led by the Ambassador of Taiwan in Russia Mr. Wan. They came here to establish and build up connections with Tomsk universities, scientists and decision makers.
As it turned out, Tomsk has had long-standing relationships with Taiwan. We even met with the first delegation of Russian professors and officials, who had visited Taiwan many years ago to establish the first contacts.
I was impressed by the level of education, impeccable manners and unexpected degree of openness and sincerity of our guests.
The organization of the visit was outstanding as well. It becomes a great tradition that when the Department of Regional and International Relations organizes events, they do so extraordinarily well. Trust me on this; I have seen many event organisers. In this regard, I would like to extend my gratitude to Alexey Stukanov and Maxim Volkov not only for welcoming our guests, but also for arranging everything the right way. Special thanks to Kseniya Sakhabudinova from the same Department, with whom we worked during this visit. She proved herself very helpful and competent as she spoke Chinese and seamlessly coordinated our agenda.
Next time somebody asks me about Taiwan, I will tell them, that there are people like Mr. Wan, Dr. Lu and Dr. Fu who are doing their best to build healthy and mutually beneficial relationships between Taiwan and Russia.
I wish them best of luck.